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14 Day Incredible Turkey & Greece Premium Small Group Tour

A portion of this tour runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is self-guided, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

Escorted Type
Partially Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace

These tours are our proudest creations. They have been crafted for Inspiring Vacations travellers exclusively, with personal and unique experiences in mind. Please see the Important Information on your selected tour for exact group size. Enjoy features such as hand-picked accommodation, a sampling of the region’s best culinary delights, and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.

Group Size
Small Group

Make the most of your cruise and travel independently, with everything organised for you. Your international flights, pre-cruise stay, and cruise are organised so all you have to do is relax and enjoy your time at sea. Of course, there is the option of extending your tour if you don’t want to head straight to the airport upon disembarkation.

Cruise Style
Ocean
Small Group Tour
1204 people have travelled to this destination

✓ Limited Time Offer – Add return international airfares from only $1999
✓ Intimate small group experience in Turkey with up to 20 guests  
✓ Incredible sightseeing including culinary delights in Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli, ancient Troy, the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia, picture-perfect Santorini, and sun-drenched Mykonos
✓ Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia 
✓ 7 nights in centrally located, 4-star accommodation
✓ 1 night stay in deluxe, 5-star accommodation 
✓ 6-day cruise on the Aegean Sea with Celestyal Cruises – including select drinks with meals, entertainment, port charges and gratuities, and discounted shore excursions
✓ Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 7 dinners 
✓ Fully escorted touring experience in Turkey by a professional, English-speaking guide
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary 

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Port Bosphorous Hotel or Similar

Welcome to Istanbul! On arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.

The remainder of the day is free to settle in and relax.

Arrival airport transfers are included as part of your package. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

If Inspiring Vacations has not provided your international airfares, please ensure you provide your flight details via your Traveller Hub portal no later than 90 days prior to travel so that your transfers can be confirmed.

Please note: if you are arriving early and have made your own arrangements prior to your tour commencing, airport transfers will not be included. However, if you are purchasing pre-nights accommodation as part of your Inspiring Vacations package, airport transfers will still be provided to the starting hotel.

Check in: Passengers will be arriving at various times throughout the day. If arriving prior to standard check-in time, which is generally 3pm local time, you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available, as there are generally no scheduled activities on Day 1 of the itinerary. The hotel may grant early check-in, however this is strictly subject to availability and at the hotel’s discretion.

Hotel
Buyuk Truva Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Depart for a scenic drive along the beautiful coast of the Marmara Sea, then step back in time as we visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse. Relive the history of the Spartan Queen and her Trojan Prince before arriving in Çanakkale to stay the night.

Hotel
Port Bosphorous Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels. From here, we return to Istanbul for a well-deserved rest.

Hotel
Port Bosphorous Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting Suleymaniye Mosque, Grand Bazaar, St Sophia Museum and the Hippodrome. 

Later tonight you will be picked up from your hotel to join a dinner cruise experience up the Bosphorus. The waterway lies between Europe and Asia and passes under the suspension bridges, providing panoramic views of Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas lining the coast. A truly memorable experience!

Hotel
Gamirasu Cave Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

We will transfer to the airport this morning for our included flight to Cappadocia.

On arrival into Cappadocia, you will be transferred to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Domestic Flights - Luggage Allowance: Please note checked luggage allowance is 25kg.

Hotel
Gamirasu Cave Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today packs another highlight! Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the many levels of an underground city. This spectacular region - famously known for its rock formations - is truly one of a kind and cannot be missed. You absolutely will want to return! 

As an added bonus, your overnight accommodation is a carefully selected Cave Hotel that will ensure an unforgettable stay. 

Hotel
Adempira Thermal or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Today we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way. 

Hotel
Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning we will head to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale, where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. 

Later this afternoon, enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before arriving in Kuşadası.

Hotel
Celestyal Crystal or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

From here, we will take a transfer to the port terminal to board our cruise, departing Kuşadası by approximately 6pm.

Hotel
Celestyal Crystal or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As we pull into Heraklion in the early morning, you have the chance to snap the imposing 16th century walls of Koules Fortres. Here you can enjoy the calm of the stunning waterfront, explore the Cretan countryside or even discover the Palace of Knossos on an optional shore excursion.

Hotel
Celestyal Crystal or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The romantic island of Santorini is the remnants of a devastating volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC. The picture-perfect scenery features clustered traditional whitewashed house and blue-domed churches set against a beguiling brilliant blue backdrop. Here you will have the chance to experience the Mediterranean lifestyle of the idyllic oasis and relax in the island's calm and tranquillity.

Hotel
Celestyal Crystal or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The magical sun-kissed island of Mykonos invites you to admire its stunning coastline, soft sandy beaches, and rugged rock landscapes. Affectionately known as the “Island of the Winds”, Mykonos is home to the 16th Century windmills that have become iconic landmarks on postcards. The energetic Greek island is well known for its beauty, diverse range of bars, cafes, restaurants and a vibrant atmosphere.

Hotel
Celestyal Crystal or Similar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The volcanic origins of the beautiful Greek island of Milos are clearly evident in its complex and bewitching landscape. Here you have the opportunity to explore the dramatically surreal and sculpted looming rock formations that rise out of the crystalline waters and create a stunning coastline.

Why not join a local expert to explore the many beauty spots and charming fishing villages on an optional excursion.

Hotel
Celestyal Crystal or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

At approximately 9am this morning, we will pull into the port of Pireas where we will disembark our Celestyal Cruise.

From here, commence your own arrangements as your tour and cruise concludes.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Small, intimate group experience in Turkey – no more than 20 guests
  • Fully escorted touring experience in Turkey by an English-speaking guide
  • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia 
  • 8 nights accommodation in selected 5- and 4-star hotels 
  • 5 nights onboard Celestyal Journey in an inside cabin 
  • Istanbul airport arrival transfer 
  • Kuşadası cruise terminal drop-off 
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Incredible sightseeing including culinary delights in Istanbul, the battlefields of Gallipoli, ancient Troy, the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia, picture-perfect Santorini, and sun-drenched Mykonos
  • Entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
  • Cruise port charges and gratuities

  • Istanbul - Explore the sights and sounds on a guided tour of Old Istanbul, including the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Museum, Hagia Irene & Topkapi Palace, and enjoy culinary delights with a Bosphorus dinner cruise experience
  • Gallipoli - Experience a day full of emotions as you witness the Gallipoli Battlefields. Pay your respects at ANZAC Cove and Lone Pine Memorial
  • Troy - Travel back in time on a guided visit of this renowned UNESCO Heritage Site
  • Cappadocia - Marvel at the lunar landscape during a visit to the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys
  • Pamukkale - Travel the ancient Silk Road and stop at the famous Mevlana museum in Konya 
  • Ephesus - Absorb yourself in history, including a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis
  • Board a five day cruise of the Aegean Sea and indulge in traditional flavours, admire stunning landscapes and explore charming villages
  • Explore the stunningly beautiful and buzzing islands of Santorini and Mykonos
  • Make the most of the opportunity to discover hidden secrets and indulge in an authentic experience of Mediterranean cuisine and the classic Greek lifestyle

Celestyal Cruises

This cruise is operated by our partner Celestyal Cruises on board their new Celestyal Journey ship, launching in September 2023 as the very latest addition to the fleet:

The Celestyal Journey will be at the heart of our commitment to go further and get closer to the incredible destinations we visit and will ensure we put our guests at the forefront of our award-winning Celestyal experience.

Whatever your choice of drink, our 8 new bars offer a diverse selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Grab a beer and catch one of our dazzling daily shows in the  ΘEATRO, soak up the electric atmosphere of the Ble Bar and Lounge, or head down to our Martini Bar and enjoy one of our exclusive Signature Cocktails.

With 7 new restaurants and our exclusive Chef’s Table, we’re giving our guests more of what they love: great, authentic food. With options such as Thalassa Restaurant and Leda Casual Dining, every guest is catered to in style. Indulge in our specialty menus for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Cabin Inclusions & Upgrades

Interior Stateroom (IA) - Included
Interior Staterooms at deck 4 (17 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 person(s), with 2 lower beds, 1 upper bed, 1 single or double sofa with bunk beds, bathroom with shower.

Interior Stateroom (IC) - From $163 per person, twin share. Single price on application.
Interior Staterooms at decks 5, 6, 9 and 10 (17 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 person(s), with 2 lower beds, 1 upper bed, 1 single or double sofa with bunk beds, bathroom with shower.

Exterior Stateroom (XB) - From $400 per person, twin share. Single price on application.
Exterior Staterooms at decks 4 and 6 (19 sqm) can accommodate up to 4 person(s), with 2 lower beds, 1 upper bed, 1 single or double sofa with bunk beds, bathroom with shower or bath.

Junior Balcony Suite (SJB) - From $813 per person, twin share. Single price on application.
Junior Balcony Suites at deck 9 (21 sqm) can accommodate up to 3 person(s), with 2 lower beds, single sofa bed, bathroom with jet tub and balcony.

Please note your upgrade request in the 'Special Request' field whilst making your booking. Once your upgrade has been confirmed, the additional amount will be added to your invoice and payable with your final payment.

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $3,020.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $1,040.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This package includes international airfares or has the option of adding international airfares to your booking when selecting your departure city.

If international airfares are included this will be stated in the ‘Inclusions’ section

Alternatively, if international airfares can be added to your booking you will be able to select your departure city after clicking ‘Book Now’ and a cost will be stated next to your selected departure city. This cost will then be added to your booking and flights will be added to your booking.

Conditions of flights for this package bookable by Inspiring Vacations:

  • Flight Offer valid from select departure cities within the purchase path only
  • Flights will be booked with the best available airline/s with luggage included. Low-cost carriers may be booked in conjunction with a full-service airline. Depending on the carrier, entertainment and meals may not be included but payable at an extra cost on-board. We cannot specify or guarantee the airline booked. If you would like a specific airline, please request this at the time of purchase. To make a flight request, please click ‘Book Now’ and select Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?  By selecting this option you will be sent a request form after completing your purchases to make your request. 
  • Flights may not be direct and may include multiple connections
  • Due to disrupted airline schedules globally with the pandemic, stopovers/transit times may be longer than usual (up to 12 hours in duration in some circumstances).
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable; any changes will be subject to the airline rules, Airline change fees and an Inspiring Vacations change fee of $250 per person.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required at the time of submitting your traveller booking form. Any error in the names submitted will be subject to an Inspiring Vacations name change fee of $150 plus any applicable fees charged by the airline, or the ticket may be non-refundable with the purchase of a new ticket required. 
  • If the required booking class is unavailable at time of booking, surcharges may apply. Total cost is final only at time of ticketing. Once issued, air tickets are subject to amendment and cancellation fees or may be non-refundable
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are outside of our control. It is important that you, as the customer, stay up-to-date with the latest airline schedule information prior to your departure. If a schedule change results in extended transits or an earlier/later departure from your destination, any additional accommodation or alternative arrangements will be at the traveler's expense.
  • After booking, the price payable may be subject to change as a result of factors beyond the control of Inspiring Vacations. Inspiring Vacations reserves the right to increase the price payable and this will be reflected on the customer's invoice. Increases may be in relation to, but not limited to, currency fluctuations, airline taxes, airfare increases and fuel surcharges.
  • Internal airfares (where applicable and included in the itinerary) will be using a local carrier and may include low-cost carriers without meals or entertainment. Checked baggage will still be included for each passenger. Any additional baggage required is payable at time of check-in. 
  • If you are travelling with another party on a separate booking, we cannot guarantee that the same flights will be booked for all parties, as this strictly depends on availability. 
  • You will be responsible for handling your luggage at all times as the services of porters are not included. If travelling over the recommended amount, you will be liable for any excess baggage fees enforced by the airline, payable directly.
  • In the event of that you no-show on your scheduled flight, please be aware the airline will require you to pay a no show fee, Airline reissue fee plus any additional airfare and taxes. Inspiring Vacations will also charge a $250 admin fee to assist re accommodating you on the next available flight. Please note that depending on the airline's policy, purchasing a new ticket may be required.

 

Baggage

Included baggage differs based on your country of origin. Included baggage will be as per the following:

Country of Origin

Carry-on Baggage

Checked Baggage

Australia

7kgs

20kgs

New Zealand

7kgs

20kgs

United States of America

15lbs

45lbs

Canada

15lbs

45lbs

India

7kgs

20kgs

United Kingdom

7kgs

20kgs


Baggage allowances provided by the airline might differ to the values stated above. However limitations are required due to transport storage restrictions on your selected tour or package.

Flight requests, amendments or preferences

We understand customers may wish to request changes to their included airfares. If you wish to fly with a certain airline, land at a certain time or change your flight in other ways we will gladly provide you with a personalised quote tailored to your specific requirements.

To make a flight request, please click ‘Book Now’ and select Would you like us to contact you around our flight service?  By selecting this option you will be sent a request form after completing your purchase to make your request.

We would be more than happy to provide you with a quote for the following requests:

  • Airline Preferences - You may wish to fly with a particular airline
  • Cabin Preferences - These include upgrading to premium economy or business class
  • Extensions (start and end cities must remain the same) - You may request to extend your stay pre or post tour.
  • Meal Requests - You may request a specific meal for dietary requirements.
  • Seat Requests - If you would like to request particular seating. However please note, not all airlines allow the selection of pre-purchased seat arrangements.

We are currently unable to provide a quote for the following requests:

  • Stopovers - Is where you might want to stop in transit for a certain amount of days prior to your tour or after your tour.
  • One way flights
  • Different start or end city to the tour - you may not amend the arrival or departure city of your itinerary. 
  • Around the world tickets  - Is when a ticket includes multiple stops in different continents.
  • Return home to a different city from the one you departed.
  • Frequent Flyer point redemption - Is when an airline allows you to redeem points to pay for your flights or upgrade your ticket.  

If we can’t fulfill your request and you still wish to proceed with the booking, please select Land Only (excluding UK customers). This will allow you to travel on the land portion of the package without the included airfares. You will then be able to arrange your own flights separately.

FAQs

For more frequently asked questions please view our FAQs  section. 

Online check-in 

Some airlines may not permit online check-in where flights have been booked by a travel company. Where unavailable to do so online, you will be required to check-in at the airport. Inspiring Vacations cannot check-in online on behalf of our customers.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorised as a”3”

Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping
A friendly reminder that tipping is not included in your package. Tipping is not compulsory on your trip, but they can make a big difference to locals employed in the tourism industry. If you are happy with the services provided, a tip is an appropriate way to thank them. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels and inspires excellent service.

Over the years we have found that many of our travellers find the need for tipping to be both tiresome and embarrassing, especially if they don’t have the correct small change. To overcome this, your leader might raise the idea of a group tipping kitty, whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and then your tour leader pays the tips as you go. The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent (except restaurant tips). The record can be checked at any time and any money remaining at the end of the tour returned to group members. This amount is usually €2-4 (AUD$3-6)  per person per day. This kitty does not include tips for your leader and crew.

You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline of €2-4 (AUD$3-6) per person per day can be used. Of course, you are free to tip as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

Single Supplement
Single supplement is $1,641.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for this tour to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

We have partnered with nib to offer our customers competitive rates for their travel insurance. You can book Comprehensive or Essentials cover for your domestic, international or multi-trip journeys simply by clicking HERE.

 Note that Inspiring Vacations cannot provide advice with regards to any insurance product.

Visa & Passport information
It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return.

Visas may be required.

Please note that these details are subject to change without notice. We recommend visiting https://smartraveller.gov.au for up to date information in terms of entry requirements.

Group Size
Minimum 6.

For packages that include a train or cruise, you will be travelling with other passengers up to the capacity of this component.

Children
Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Partially Escorted - A portion of these packages runs as a group tour where you will be escorted by an expert tour leader. Another portion is independent, whether conducted by rail, cruise or land, and you will travel between destinations on your own, with free time to explore at your own pace.

  • International airfares
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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